Got midterms fever? Here’s how to monitor your symptoms closely

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Who’s got midterms fever?

    OK, maybe better: Who's prepared to follow the news tonight? Alex Weprin has a great guide for watching on TV. (Capital) | I wrote a guide to news orgs' plans for digital coverage. (Poynter) | "One thing I miss about print: sleeping late and going to a movie on election day." (@BuzzFeedBen) | Related: David Uberti has best and worsts of campaign coverage, including nods to Willamette Week and Cosmopolitan. (CJR)

  2. Michael Grimm endorsements are works of art

    The embattled Staten Island incumbent scored this warm embrace from the New York Daily News: "In Domenic Recchia, the Democrats have fielded a candidate so dumb, ill-informed, evasive and inarticulate that voting for a thuggish Republican who could wind up in a prison jumpsuit starts to make rational sense." (NYDN) | The Staten Island Advance called the race "distasteful ...

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Toronto Star investigated sex allegations against Jian Ghomeshi

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Jian Ghomeshi leaves CBC under dramatic circumstances: The broadcaster fired the host, whose show “Q” has gained a foothold below the 49th parallel as well, citing “information” it had received about him. (CBC) | “Over the past few months the Star has approached Ghomeshi with allegations from three young women, all about 20 years his junior, who say he was physically violent to them without their consent during sexual encounters or in the lead-up to sexual encounters.” (Toronto Star) | Ghomeshi acknowledges his “tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks” and says an ex-girlfriend launched a “campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me” and that one person “began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me.” (Jian Ghomeshi’s Facebook) | Canadaland’s Jesse Brown says he’s been working with the Toronto Star investigating Ghomeshi.
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Wisconsin State Journal is latest of 35 newspapers to flip endorsement from Obama in ’08 to Romney for president

In the final hours of the presidential campaign, the largest endorsing newspaper in the swing state of Wisconsin has thrown its support to GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

In an editorial published Sunday, the Wisconsin State Journal said:

This is not an easy endorsement to make.

Obama is the more likeable candidate and inspiring speaker. Obama inherited a mess from his predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush, who was even more disappointing than Obama has been.

Obama got us out of Iraq. He pressured public schools to reform. He gave the final order that got Osama bin Laden.

But this election is about jobs, the slow economy and Washington’s dysfunction. Our leaders can’t even pass a budget, much less stabilize soaring debt that’s burdening our children and grandchildren.

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As Bloomberg endorses Obama, a chance to reimagine media endorsements

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New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s endorsement of President Obama, published in Bloomberg View Thursday, carries the weight of both his office and the news organization he founded and owns. Also on Thursday, Bloomberg Businesweek unveiled its next magazine cover, which argues that climate change was responsible for Hurricane Sandy. Bloomberg cited Obama’s commitment to fighting climate change as a key reason for his endorsement. Question:

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Des Moines Register endorses Mitt Romney for president, becoming 6th major paper to flip from Obama in ’08

The Des Moines Register endorsed Mitt Romney Saturday night for the presidency. Breaking from 40 years of Democratic endorsements, the Register cited the economy, job creation and an ability to work across party lines as reasons for their support of Romney.

“The former governor and business executive has a strong record of achievement in both the private and the public sectors,” the paper wrote in its endorsement. “He was an accomplished governor in a liberal state. He founded and ran a successful business that turned around failing companies.”

The endorsement breaks the pre-existing tie in endorsements from major papers in Swing States. The Register joins five other papers — including the Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel — to flip its support from Obama in 2008 to Romney in 2012, giving the GOP nominee the lead in Swing State newspaper endorsements. Read more


Romney leads Obama in Swing State newspaper endorsements

Many newspapers across the country have endorsed a candidate for president. Below we list endorsements by the largest papers in the Swing States.


Swing state endorsement tally: Romney 11, Obama 8

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won’t endorse for president

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In the race for newspaper endorsements, the candidates are currently tied in swing states. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will not be breaking that tie, as its editorial page editor David D. Haynes told Jim Romenesko the paper would not be endorsing for president in this election.

The Des Moines Register will announce its endorsement on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Iowa paper forced President Obama to release a transcript of what was initially an off-the-record call in hopes of securing that endorsement. Today’s front page is evenly split between the two candidates (see below). Read more